Turnbull & Asser's shirts need little introduction. They've acted as the sartorial support to Sean Connery's James Bond, dressed the world's leading diplomats, including Sir Winston Churchill and Ronald Reagan, and clothed creatives from Charlie Chaplin to Picasso. So favoured are they by one of its regulars, Prince Charles that in 1980 he handed out his first royal warrant to the brand.
However, the quintessentially English clothier has another string to its bow – its equally well-tailored and luxurious pyjamas. Similarly, these have had their own brushes with fame, playing a leading role in one of the most famous bedroom-based scenes in modern history – Yoko Ono and John Lennon's sit-in protest at the Hilton Hotel in Amsterdam in 1969 – as the attire of choice for the former Beatle.
But while gentleman's sleepwear is in good supply, options for women are rather more limited. Too often it's a choice between unsuitably skimpy or childishly patterned designs, leaving little for those who want to lounge in both comfort and style.
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Thankfully, Turnbull & Asser has an appreciation for the appeal of a quiet night in and for the first time has introduced women's pyjamas into its ready-to-wear collection. Offered in four elegant colours – classic white, powder blue, lilac and a dusky pink – the sets draw inspiration from the bestselling men's style, and are constructed from the finest Egyptian cotton in a chambray or muslin-style weave that is lightweight, breathable and silky soft on the skin.
It's the details that make these pyjamas such a joy; they've been expertly crafted with the female form in mind, and sophisticatedly finished with contrasting piping. They even come in a hand-sewn cotton bag for added extravagance, making it all the more tempting to snuggle into your new sleepwear and shut off from the world for an evening.
Turnbull and Asser cotton pyjama set, £295; turnbullandasser.co.uk
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